Blog Tour: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich #TLIBlogTourPH

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31145148There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.


Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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First of all, a huge huge thanks to my friend JM from Book Freak Revelations and Macmillan for hosting this tour, and for letting me be a part of it! ❤ This did not, in any way, influence my opinion about this book. 

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OH WOW. Let me start off by saying that it has been a loooong while since I read something that was so gripping and kept me at the edge of my seat. Let me be honest with you: I intentionally set aside some important office work (and decided to do it on the weekend instead! Don’t worry it’s still going to be done, boss!) just so I could finish this book! It was THAT gripping and intense.

I honestly have so many points I want to talk about The Love Interest, I’m afraid this might be a messy review. But here they go:

The cover. That gorgeous cover. The contrast between the white, black and red is just super eye catching and intriguing. And the fact that it already shouts to the world that there is going to be a love triangle is definitely a very bold but effective move!

A secret organization/spy novel? I AM ALL INI can’t remember the last time I read a spy YA novel. Or I probably haven’t. Hence, when I learned what The Love Interest is about – oh my, I definitely jumped right into it! The premise is a refreshing taste from my usual YA reads. It’s new, it’s unique, and it beautifully delivered.

Caden. Dyl. Juliet. Man, these characters are lovable and unforgettable. I know they will stay with me a for while longer, because again, they were placed in such a unique situation and they each had a unique person of their own. Loved Caden from the very beginning. Adored Dyl til the very end. And rooted for Juliet through and through. I’d say these are definitely some of the most unique characters I have encountered so far! ❤

The whole idea of being the existence of Love Interests is just so cool. I don’t know how Cale was able to come up with such a unique idea, but I’m sure glad he did! I would admit that at some point while reading the book, I imagined how things would be if Love Interests exist in the real world? Like, what if my current boyfriend is someone from the LIC? Or is it possible that when I broke it off with my ex, he was sent back to the LIC and was crushed by those huge robots?! I mean, the whole idea is crazy, but definitely so great! 

Overall, it was definitely a successful first book by Cale Dietrich – it wasn’t perfect of course, there are things that I wanted to be fleshed out more, but it was definitely a good read! I know I’d pick up the next one Cale publishes. 🙂

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Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.

 


 

 

JM’s Review at Book Freak Revelations

Allie’s Review at A Literary Wanderer

Leslie’s Review at The Bibliophile Kid

Bianca’s Review at Stay Bookish

Nicka’s Review at Read by Nicka

Shealea’s Review at The Book Shelf Bitch

Jhed’s Review at When Books Defy Gravity

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Book Talk: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

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29991719Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Another solid one from Emma Chase! This girl never stops to amaze me with her witty and quirky novels.

In Royally Screwed, book one of the Royally series, we follow Prince Nicholas, the next in line to be king of Wessco. He is mandated by his position as the future king to marry a woman who is of noble blood and one from his circle. To betray this mandate is betray the people. On the other hand, we also follow Olivia Hammond. Liv is running a pastry shop her mother left her to make ends meet. She’s badly struggling with life and she is nothing but penniless Liv.  The big question is, will there ever be a happily ever after for Nicholas and Liv? How it all ended will pleasantly surprise you!

Nicholas is a natural charmer, and I loved him for that. He does  not even need to try! Or maybe it was his being a prince that did all that! 🙂 Either way, I loved how crass and dirty and romantic he is all at the same time. Liv, on the other hand, is a very relatable and lovable New Yorker. She’s practical and smart, but she also dreams of a happy ending.

Overall, I liked Royally Screwed. There so many times that I felt my heart being wrenched and I feel my chest aching. Emma Chase is just so good making scenes that touches me and stabs deep in my heart. This might not be the best one she’s ever written (because Hello, Drew Evans!), but i totally recommend!

Four solid royal stars!

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Book Talk: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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18692431-2My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Let me start off by saying that Everything,Everything is my most anticipated read for early 2016. Therefore when I got it this month, I didn’t wait too long and placed it in my TBR right away. 🙂 I want to say that it has been a roller coaster ride with this one. I started it with too high of an expectation definitely because of the hype surrounding it all over BookTube and Book Twitter and in the book blogging community. Everything, Everything was EVERYTHING and it had to be read ASAP!

When I started reading this, I was so engaged and so excited about all the possibilities – everything I could know about SCID, the characters, the plot twist, the is-she-gonna-die question that lingers in my head and just about everything! Even the first line in the very first chapter was very artistically crafted:

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…because of course she has read more than any of us has read, being trapped in her house for 18 full years with nothing to do but read! Ahh, Maddy’s books and her library are to-die for! Anyway, I just found this line to be a really good opening.

So the first quarter of the book, I was all in. When I was around the halfway mark, though, I felt like nothing really interesting was happening anymore. I tried pushing through because despite some of the bland scenes, there was something in me that has been invested to what will come out of this sort-of forbidden love between Olly and Maddy. I honestly thought of putting it down for a while, though, because I kinda got annoyed with how young love could be stupid sometimes. I mean, if you’ve read the book, there are just super stupid stuff Olly and Maddy are so willing to do for love. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand the feeling, it’s just that I wanted Maddy to LIVE so bad and I want to protect her!

I was able to psych myself, though, and I placed myself in their shoes – young and in love and in a huge want (need!) to live life! It worked. And so did the rest of the book. The latter part definitely pulled everything nicely and compensated for what went haywire in the middle. The wrap up was so good, the ending was a gold mine for realizations on life.

Characters

Maddy and Olly are probably two of the characters that will stay with me a long time. They are so different yet so similar. There wasn’t much character development that I was looking for, but they have made closures about their life issues and they turned up generally good in the end.

Honestly, though, there are some points in this book that I wanted to stop them with whatever they’re doing and remind them that HEY, MADDY IS SICK! AND YOU CAN’T BE THIS RECKLESS!! I mean, I know it’s probably the age difference, I’m sorry! Haha. But then again, they’re 18! And speaking of age, I kinda also had a hard time reconciling the fact that they’re 18 already because their voices felt so much younger. I pictured Maddy to be 15-ish actually, because that’s what I “hear” from her. It’s not much of a big issue, though. Still loved them.

Overall

I loved Everything, Everything. It wasn’t perfect, but it made me laugh, definitely made me cry, touched my heart, touched my soul, and made me think about my life. I guess the best thing about it is that it will reach you – it will make you feel.

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Have you guys read Everything, Everything? How did you like it? Let’s talk in the comments below! Can’t wait! ❤

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Book Talk: All That Glitters by Ines Bautista Yao

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All That Glitters is probably one of fastest books I’ve read this year, not because it’s short, but because I just kept on flipping the pages non-stop!

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When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

Captivated by Iñigo’s magnetic personality, Billie is lured into his dazzlingly glamorous world—much to Carlos’s frustration. But as Billie notices Iñigo might not be playing by the rules, Carlos begs her to stay away from him. When Billie doesn’t listen, she realizes too late that she is in over her head and it may take a miracle (or a boy who cares deeply about her) to help get her out of it.

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Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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This is the first book by Mindy McGinnis that I’ve ever read and I am not disappointed at all! The Female of the Species is the book of the month for March by my Rainbow Book Club, composed of Camillia, Melissa, Tina and Sandee. I had fairly low expectations starting this book, because the back blurb, gripping as it was, was way too low key – but on the hindsight, I really like that it was!

Trigger warnings: Murder, rape &  cheating. 

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25812109Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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Book Talk: Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

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Learning To Fall is my second #romanceclass novel, and I am so glad and happy to say, you guys, that Filipino authors are definitely here to stay!

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Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep playing their roles before reality steps in? Check it out in Goodreads here.

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Learning To Fall is the third book in Mina Esguerra’s Spoltlight series, but can be read as a stand alone, like how I did! It follows the story of Steph, a book blogger (aaah, so so close to home!) who is participating in a monthly book challenge. For the month October, the challenge was to  “Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.” And since she is sooo NOT into athletic and hunky men, she knew she would be dating Greyson Price the very first moment she laid her eyes on him.

Greyson Price, however, is not your typical kind of jock. Being the co-captain of the rugby team, you would expect him to be all air and confidence, with girls all swooning over him. Greyson, though, like I said, is not your typical sporty guy. He is very reserved, you almost know nothing against him. He likes taking control of things and I would go on to say that he’s almost very perfectionist. I really like this portrayal of him, but I guess at some point in the book, it kind of back fired for me. I was at that point where I can’t see and feel things through him anymore. He’s such a very private and controlled character that I definitely had to make an effort to get into his head.

This, however, did not lessen the beauty of this book. I loved every single scene where Steph was contemplating about the stuff she’ll do for blog. The little excerpts from her posts are really cute and entertaining. Again, so very close to home. ❤

If you are a book blogger, then I definitely definitely recommend this. It was such a cute little book, and you will just breeze through it. Don’t get fooled by the length, though, because it contains really cute and romantic scenes that will just leave you smiling and swooning. 🙂

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Overall. I am giving it 4 starsIt was a fun and light read, and I can’t wait to get into Mina Esguerra’s other works! 🙂 


Have you read Learning to Fall? How did you find it? Other #romanceclass novels you recommend? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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